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Gastrointestinal Manifestations of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Scleroderma

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Author(s): Cherag Daruwala | Giancarlo Mercogliano | Thomas P. Harder

Journal: Clinical Medicine : Gastroenterology
ISSN 1178-119X

Volume: 2;
Start page: 7;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: systemic lupus erythematosus | scleroderma | gastrointestinal manifestations

ABSTRACT
In this review, we analyze the effects of systemic lupus erythematosus and scleroderma on the gastrointestinal tract. There is a wide variation of gastrointestinal manifestations from these autoimmune disorders including but not limited to: oral ulcers, dysphagia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, fecal incontinence, pseudo-obstruction, perforation and gastrointestinal bleeding. The purpose of this review is to discuss these manifestations, the appropriate diagnostic tests, and treatment.
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